Next Friday, August 19th at 8 p.m., a unique event will be held in the Downtown area of Los Angeles (California); a free outdoor concert named “The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live”, which will feature an orchestra of 55 pieces performing works of the most prolific and most famous female composers in the world.
Organized by Grand Performances event managers and The Alliance for Women Film Composers, in conjunction with The Film Music Society and public relations agency White Bear PR, the event will take place on a stage set in the water fountain of California Plaza, in the lively neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, next to the MOCA Museum and the Grand Central Market.
People attending the concert can enjoy a picnic session, dance to the music, or simply sit and enjoy the performances, surrounded by big office skyscrapers and the gigantic residential buildings of the area.
The program planned for this event, that still continues to be extended, includes the works and participation of more than 20 composers with:
- Soundtrack selections from Academy Award-winning Rachel Portman, Emmy Award winners Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (Jackie), Shirley Walker (Batman: The Animated Series), Laura Karpman (Underground) and BAFTA-award winning Jessica Curry (from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture video game).
- 8-time Academy Award-nominated songwriter Diane Warren will perform her 2016 Oscar-nominated song Till It Happens to You from the documentary The Hunting Ground.
- Also scheduled to appear are composer and vocalist Kathryn Bostic (Dear White People), violinist / singer / songwriter Lili Haydn (Anita), Rythm & Blues musician / producer / songwriter and Grammy Award winner Raphael Saadiq and Butterscotch, contestant of America’s Got Talent / singer / pianist.
- And if all this was not enough, the program will include current works by acclaimed film composers such as the Emmy Award winner Lolita Ritmanis (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), Heather McIntosh (Compliance), Grammy Award winner Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (Stockholm-Pennsylvania ), Germaine Franco (DOPE), Julia Newmann (Bones), Lesley Barber (Manchester by the Sea), Grammy Award winner Nan Schwartz (In the Heat of the Night), Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands), Wendy Blackstone (Crude), Sharon Farber (The Young and the Restless), Starr Parodi (GI Joe: Renegades) and Miriam Cutler (Ethel).
According to Laura Karpman, president of The Alliance for Women Film Composers, “We are honored to collaborate with Grand Performances to show the public the extraordinary work of female composers. This event will light up the wonderful music that is being created within our community.”
As you can see, this is a great initiative dedicated to showing the other side of the world of composition (which is not usually visible), and that should be a must for anyone interested in soundtracks who’s around on those dates.
More information in: http://grandperformances.org/women-who-score